This morning I met with Aida Rentas, founder of the Grass Roots Institute (GRI), to discuss the addition of a creative wrting: poetry workshop to the GRI’s program. As I drove to Edgewood Avenue this morning, I didn’t know what to expect– I’ve never pitched like this to someone. Poetry is my life’s passion, and I was afraid I wouldn’t present myself in the way I imagined I needed to come across. After two minutes of talking with Aida my worries drifted away because it is was obvious our discussion wasn’t go to be a production of impress me or hit the road. Aida wants to know what you can do and how can it better the lives of children; she cares only wants the best for the young ones involved in GRI.
Aida is fierce, lovely, kind, and determined, and I am excited to have the chance to start working with her. Currently, we are planning two workshops– one for 10-14yr olds and another for high school students. I can’t wait for my workshop ideas to become a reality.
I’ll definitely post updates on my work with the Grass Roots Institute. Also, I’m still going to post an update on SB 148, which was tabled by Representative Amos Amerson, but I have to wait until I receive some information from an elected official.